On average, students who graduate from our MPA Program have a starting salary of $56,000. Seventy-seven percent of our graduates, who do not have employment while pursuing their degree, are employed within 6 months upon graduation. Notable alumni, include, but not limited to:

Local/State Communities

  • Jen Zellmer-Cuersema, UM Athletics Advisor
  • Shyra Scott, Missoula County Clerk & Recording
  • Anne Hughes, Missoula County Communications Director
  • Dayna Swanson, Office of Senator Tester
  • Holly Luck, Office of Senators Melcher, Baucus, and Walsh

Tribal Communities

  • Eldena Bear Don’t Walk, tribal judge, first female Chief Justice of the Crow Tribe
  • Debra DuMontier, Office of Special Trustee for American Indians

Nonprofit/International Communities

  • Deena Mansour, Associate Director of the Mansfield Center
  • Jesse Mahugh, Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Flathead County
  • Aubrie Lyons, Director of Montana World Affairs Council

Below are internships and jobs available for MPA students. Please review this portion of our website regularly because it is updated often.

  • is a widely used website for finding jobs and career advice for public service and public affairs students and professionals. 

  • Executive Director of Carol's List (Montana): Carol’s List is a Political Action Committee that recruits, trains, elects and supports Democratic, progressive and pro-choice women in their path to political office in Montana. Open until filled, and board will review applications 5-29-19 and plan to interview qualified candidates early in June.  

  • United Way of Missoula County Development Manager (Missoula, MT): United Way seeks a talented self-starter, passionate about United Way's work, to join our team, working with the Development & Marketing Director and CEO (and the rest of staff, board and volunteers) to create and/or implement innovative, effective resource-development strategies and assist with volunteer-engagement opportunities.
  • International Rescue Committee (Missoula, MT) 
  • Montana Outdoor Heritage Project Survey Canvass 2019
  • University of Montana Positions:
    • Summer 2019 UMCRED Student Community & Policy Analyst (pdf)
      The UM Center for Rural Economic Development (UMCRED) grant team seeks MPA students interested in working on community engagement projects that will explore attitudes, opportunities, barriers and policy issues related to building startup ecosystems in rural and tribal communities. Paid, flexible (work from home), some travel required. Deadline to apply 5-15-19.